On December 30th, the city of Hendersonville lost MPO Spencer Bristol while he was serving in the line of duty. During our home basketball games in the month of January, the JPII Blue Man Group and the JPII community collected donations for Officer Bristol's family. At the February 4th basketball game, Jack Bender, the leader of JPII’s Blue Man Group, presented Hendersonville Chief of Police Mickey Miller with a check for $2,300 for Officer Bristol's wife Lauren and daughter Eloise as a small gift of appreciation for his sacrifice and service to the Hendersonville community. Thank you Knights!
Pope John Paul II High School strives to create a Catholic culture in a cooperative community. Our goal is to foster and develop a sense of morality, responsibility, and social consciousness in each student.
We want our students to form strong and lasting relationships with their peers, teachers, and coaches, and we provide a variety of events for this to happen. Beginning with the new student retreat as a freshman, to the "Senior Walk" before graduation, students embrace opportunities to have fun. There are pep rallies, tailgates, House games, dances, retreats, community service, and many more opportunities for students to bond and make lasting memories and life-long friendships.
The JPII Model UN team traveled to the University of Notre Dame, where they participated in diplomatic negotiation to solve some of the world's most pressing concerns, from HIV and AIDS to the use of technology to enhance "Shock" resilience, from cybercrime to climate change, and from immigration reform to refugee crises. Several of our students were able to participate in specialized historical committees including Churchill's War Room, the Dublin Easter Rising, and the Treaty of Versailles. Against stiff competition, several students came away with award recognition: (1) Verbal Accommodations included Madi Bagsby, Patrick Callahan, Dominik Rollins, Harrison Howze, and Carson Blake; (2) Taylor Mayes was awarded Honorable Mention; and (3) Jack Dyer won Best Delegate, the highest honor in any given committee. Congratulations to students for a wonderful last MUN conference!
Congratulations to Jack Dyer, JPII’s 2020 Coming Home King! Jack’s escort was Trista Brantley. Other Senior Coming Home Court Representatives were Patrick Callahan escorted by Roxy Preston, Jackson Cook escorted by Joleigh Whittaker, and Chris Muller escorted by Khushi Patel. Junior Representatives were Kevin Albert escorted by Katie Marquardt and Collin Cox escorted by Lexi Lang. The sophomore representative was Ryan Zikovich escorted by Kira Rogers, and the freshman representative was Colin Cook escorted by Audrey Evans.
JPII’s Model UN team earned the distinction of Best Large Delegation at the recent conference at Appalachian State University. In addition to this accomplishment, these individual and pairs of delegates earned the following awards: Jack Dyer - Best Delegate; Conor Kennard - Outstanding Delegate; Patrick Callahan and Kaylie DuBois - Outstanding Delegates; Madi Bagsby and Maddelyn Konkel Williams - Honorable Mention; Xana Mayfield and Jack Oliphant - Honorable Mention; Nolan Beasley - Honorable Mention; Kennedy Sovine - Honorable Mention. Congratulations to the JPII Model UN team and their sponsor Mr. Messer!
“I had the choice to go to the top magnet school in Tennessee, but instead, I chose JPII. Through the Innov8 program, they allowed me to follow my passion for designing roller coasters. They provided the software and allowed me to work with the engineers at Holiday World. For the last two years, I have been combining the study of engineering, architecture, physics, and art to create what I hope will someday be the roller coaster at a theme park that millions will enjoy. I don’t know where else I would have been supported or given the resources and time to do this as a high school student.” - Nolan Patton ‘21
"JPII has provided a great opportunity to explore many of my interests, including athletics, leadership, and the arts. My teachers have helped me develop my skills and personality, which have transformed me into who I am today. I've also learned that it's always good to smile and laugh at least one time every single day." - PB Mamolo '20
“JPII makes wellness a priority. Time is set aside for the entire school, students and faculty alike, to take part in wellness activities, such as mindfulness training, spending time with therapy dogs, and initiating a Kindness Campaign. Through the culture of wellness, I’ve realized that learning and success matter most when it comes with joy and time to appreciate all the little things.” - Emma Wasden ‘20
"JPII is a great school because there are a lot of amazing teachers who are willing to help and there are a lot of awesome people I've come to know and now consider forever friends!" - Matthew Hisrich '22
“There is a constant feeling of peace at JPII. No matter what’s going on in my life inside or outside of school, when I walk into the building each day, there’s a sense of peace because of Jesus’ presence in the Holy Eucharist and in the teachers and students around me. I transferred to JPII as a sophomore. The administration, staff, teachers, and students made me feel so welcome that JPII felt like home to me.” - Ava Priest ‘21
“JPII was not originally on my mind as an option for high school. However, I was drawn to JPII and had the courage to “go to the beat of my own drum,” quite literally, because of the beat of the various band offerings at JPII and the excitement that filled the air when the bands performed on my 8th grade shadow day. I knew that I wanted to pursue my passion for music through piano and still participate in sports. It’s hard for me to believe the impact that JPII has had on me in just one short year. I am a member of the elite Jazz Ensemble and a member of the Lacrosse team. Now I’m the one playing “the beat” to new kids coming in on their shadow days!” - CJ Meffe ’22
“We feel fortunate that all three of our children were well prepared at JPII and went on to thrive in college and beyond. After graduating from college, our oldest son earned a masters in biotechnology and is now working in a science lab. Our middle son is currently attending medical school at the University of Kentucky, while our youngest is a junior at Mississippi State pursuing an architecture degree. We feel fortunate that JPII helped our kids to not only thrive in sports, arts, and academics but also to gain self-confidence and community awareness.” - John and Cathy Dempsey, parents of Blaise ‘09, Reece ‘13, and Pace ‘17
“JPII Athletics has not only provided our children with great athletic instruction but has also helped to mold them into good people. When your children spend as much time with coaches as they do with you, you want to make sure that what they are hearing is consistent with your family’s values. Each of our children experienced a level of care and support at JPII that reflected their personalities. We see this as part of the JPII Advantage for our family.” - Rick and Kristin Heagarty, parents of Ricky ’13, Reece ‘17, and Brooks ‘20
“We have been very happy that our son chose JPII for his high school experience. We were aware of the academic excellence and now know that it transcends the classroom into the Fine Arts program. As parents, it has been our pleasure to watch Christopher develop his confidence and to mature over his years at JPII. We believe his personal growth is a direct result of his involvement in the JPII Theatre program, enhanced by his involvement in all aspects of the fine arts, including his performances and stage presence at Governor’s School for the Arts. JPII has prepared Christopher well for college and everything else beyond JPII.” - Tim and Michelle Muller, parents of Chris Muller ‘20
“The dedication of my JPII teachers to ensure my understanding of subjects that were difficult to me really helped when I was struggling academically. They would make time to meet with me to help me be the best student I could be. At JPII, I learned how to learn and how to utilize resources, two skills that have proven to be instrumental to my current success in chiropractic school.” - Hunter Williams '14
"I always thought that I wanted to be a nurse. During my senior year Innov8 internship with Dr. Laura Barnes, I became 100% sure that nursing was for me. Innov8 allowed me to work alongside Dr. Barnes and her nurses at Hendersonville Hospital. I fell in love with nursing and oncology. Upon graduation, I was accepted into Bellamine University's direct entry nursing program. As a rising junior, I am working as a CLS provider for a little boy with End-Stage Renal Failure. Ultimately, I would not have been hired for this position had it not been for the JPII Innov8 experience. Building my nursing resume, discerning my career direction before high school graduation, and securing a direct entry nursing spot (which accelerates my college course work) all combined to ensure my eligibility to work in the nursing field as a college junior." - Madeline Barber '17